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Bergen op Zoom (NL).
waits patiently at Liverpool Airport while our
plane is delayed 45 minutes.
2. Finally!!!....I really understand what irony
is. As Dirk pointed out...the only airport in
the world named after a musician is also the only
airport that charges a fee to carry musical
instruments! If you can avoid travelling through
Liverpool John Lennon Airport....DO. They are
the biggest money grabbers on the planet and have the
least friendly staff.
3. On the bus for the 2 hour journey
from Amsterdam to Bergen op Zoom. Chris pulls
out his i-book, gets his first "in-focus"
blog appearance, and is beginning to warrant his new
CB nick-name of "Brains".
4. The very nice and comfortable
5. The view from the stage of De Maagd,
a converted church and a wonderful venue.
6. Ice-skating in the town square.
7. This is Frans, a Dutchman with quite
a sense of humour. He is our driver for the day
and definitely one of the most pleasant we have ever
8. One of the many fine stained glass
windows in De Maagd.
9. From the gods of the theatre.
Although the hired in back-line looked a bit shit, it
all worked and was good quality. Good monitors
were a blessing that Dirk counted several times.
10 & 11. A second pre-sound check
stroll around the town square watching people go
12. Oh look...these posters get
13. The sound check had been great apart
from one teensy little problem... the nut on my
Gretch broke causing the strings fall off the
neck. Due to flight restrictions these days, we
have no spare guitar and this is a real problem as the
Country Gent is unplayable. The really helpful
staff at the theatre took the guitar to the local
music shop and were able to pick up a replacement
nut. It wasn't the right one, but we were able
to make enough of a modification to it to be able to
get through the gig. They also managed to get
hold of a Les Paul as back-up, just in case the repair
14. While the guitar was being
looked at in the shop, we all went to eat at restaurant
on the square. This time, Roy didn't settle for
something small! Our food was magnificent.
15. Nocturnal skating.
16. We were all very quite on the drive
back to Amsterdam, but we managed to check into the
hotel, just in time for last orders. Frans got
his €5 back that we had earlier borrowed for coffee
twice fold in the form of Heineken, and although Eddie
at first resisted temptation for Dutch lager he
finally succumbed to more than his fair share.
No one slept well and we were back on the bus at 7.55
for the airport run.
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